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The Early Work of Perls

IN 1947 the British publishing house of Allen and Unwin, which had a long-standing interest in psychoanalytical issues, brought out a new theoretical work, written some five years earlier in Johannesberg, by the German-born analyst Frederich (Fritz, later Frederick) Perls, soon to be of New York. Perls at the time was a member in good standing of the various relevant psychoanalytic societies; and under the rather cumbersome title Ego, Hunger and Aggression , the original edition carried the subtitle, “A Revision of Freud's Theory and Method.” Rambling and disorganized in the extreme (“sketchy” was the author's own word for it, years later; 1969b), the book nevertheless ...

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